The Earl of Wessex, along with his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, his daughter Lady Louise Windsor and son James spent 10 days at Balmoral Castle this summer. During their holiday, James “delighted” his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II with his skill at fly-fishing in the River Dee. It is a pastime reportedly beloved by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who passed away in 2002.
James was often joined by his mother Sophie and the pair of them “impressed” the Balmoral gamekeepers.
However, Edward did not join them as he apparently lacks the patience required for catching salmon.
A royal source told The Sun in September: “[James’] enthusiasm for fly-fishing delighted Her Majesty because it’s a sport beloved of James’ great-granny, the late Queen Mother.
“James was in the Dee as often as possible, waders up to his armpits.
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Prince Edward and his son James, Viscount Severn (Image: GETTY)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor (Image: GETTY)
“His mother Sophie, who is a keen fisherwoman herself, liked to stand with him.
“The Balmoral ghillies were impressed with both of them.
“Edward is not as keen because he’s not as patient, which you need to be when fishing for salmon, even in the plentiful Dee.”
Meanwhile, James’ sister Louise, 16, spent her time taking gentle rides around the hills with the Queen, with whom she shares a love of horses.
James and Louise at Trooping the Colour 2019 (Image: GETTY)
She also impressed the